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Sporting heroes wait for Annual Awards results

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

HA NOI — Hundreds of journalists and sports coaches voted for the best athletes and coaches of the year yesterday.

The annual awards were launched 30 years ago and have become an indispensable part of the sporting calendar.

Many of the candidates for honours shone at the Beijing Olympics and other international competitions this year, as well as the recent world and Asian championships.

The annual awards also gave kudos to five outstanding coaches and five disabled athletes of the year.

Powerful performances at the Beijing Olympics came from weightlifter Hoang Anh Tuan, who bagged a silver medal for Viet Nam; Nguyen Hoang Ngan, who won the first ever gold medal at the World Karate Championship; track-and-field athletes sprinter Vu Thi Huong; and tennis player Nguyen Thuy Dung.

Other candidates favoured for honours include men’s footballers Duong Hong Son, Le Cong Vinh and Nguyen Vu Phong, who helped Viet Nam clinch the first-ever ASEAN Football Championship in history after beating Thailand 3-2 on aggregate in a two-leg final.

Others expected to get into the top ten athletes of the year are: women’s weightlifter Nguyen Thi Thiet; Chinese chess player Ngo Thi Lan Huong; world junior taekwondo champion Hoang Ha Giang; swimmer Nguyen Huu Viet; badminton Nguyen Tien Minh; two-time Olympian table tennis Doan Kien Quoc.

Viet Nam’s disabled athletes, who excelled at the Beijing Paralympics, include weightlifter Chau Hoang Tuyet Loan and athletes Dinh Thi Nga and Dao Van Cuong.

The athletes of the year awards are being jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Viet Nam Fund for Young Talent Support and the The Thao Viet Nam (Viet Nam Sports) newspaper.

Results will be announced later this week. —

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